Ambrose W. Clark

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Ambrose W. Clark

Ambrose Williams Clark (February 19, 1810 – October 13, 1887) was a U.S. Representative from New York during the American Civil War.


Born near Cooperstown, New York, Clark attended the public schools, was trained as a printer, and became active in the newspaper business as an advocate of Whig Party politics. He was publisher of the Otsego Journal from 1831 to 1836, the Northern Journal in Lewis County from 1836 to 1844, and the Northern New York Journal in Watertown from 1844 to 1860.

Clark became a Republican when the party was founded in the mid-1850s. In 1859 and 1860 he served as Watertown's Town Supervisor and a member of the Jefferson County Board of Supervisors.[1]

He was elected as a to the Thirty-seventh and Thirty-eighth Congresses (March 4, 1861 – March 4, 1865).

He was appointed consul at Valparaíso, Chile by President Lincoln and served from 1865 to 1869. He acted as Chargé d'affaires in Chile in the absence of the Minister in 1869.

Death and burial[edit]

Clark died in Watertown, New York, October 13, 1887. He was interred in Watertown's Brookside Cemetery.


Clark's daughter Paulina Sabina was the wife of George A. Bagley.[2][3]


  1. ^ John A. Haddock, The Growth of a Century: as Illustrated in the History of Jefferson County, New York, 1894, page 338
  2. ^ Joel Henry Monroe, Through Eleven Decades of History: Watertown, a History from 1800 to 1912, 1912, pages 148-150
  3. ^ Hungerford Genealogical Services, Marriages in the New York Reformer, 1850-1861, Volumes 1-3, 1996, page 85

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Charles B. Hoard
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 23rd congressional district

Succeeded by
Thomas Treadwell Davis
Preceded by
Roscoe Conkling
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 20th congressional district

Succeeded by
Addison H. Laflin

 This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website